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Girls Write Now, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Unknown

Mission: Girls Write Now Inc. (GWN) is New York’s premier creative writing and mentoring non-profit organization, matching bright, creative teenage girls from the city’s public high schools with professional women writers in the community since 1998. Through weekly one-to-one mentoring, monthly group genre-based workshops, and a five-part public reading series, their mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where underserved or at-risk high school girls can expand their natural writing talents, develop independent voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career and life. The organization has recently been featured in The New York Times and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Girls Write Now has been distinguished by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth beyond the school hours. More: www.girlswritenow.org.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first-hand how dedicated and ambitious the volunteers of GWN all are. They are constantly striving to improve and create an enriching and challenging program for the young woman they serve. The public readings showcase all the amazingly talented writers GWN nurtures and supports.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Girls Write Now is a wonderful program that inspires both the girls it serves and all of its volunteers. Even though I don’t live in New York, I began supporting this organization as soon as I learned about their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Many times it is a necessary bi-product that non-profits become insular and very tight-knit families. Girls Write Now however has achieved the best of both worlds, in one fell swoop they not only purport their support of each other but are also incredibly open and enthusiastic with newcomers and people who are unaffiliated. I had the pleasure of attending a fundraising event that was not only enjoyable but portrayed the spirit of Girls Write Now. I look forward to attending more events and involvement with this incredible non-profit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to three Girl's Write Now readings and each time I'm more impressed with the caliber of both the girls and mentors. It's not simply the writing that these young women present, it's the passion that their mentor's have instilled in them, which is clearly evident by their desire to get up in front of an audience and share their work. The bond that these mentors and mentees form speaks volumes about the environment GWN fosters and the careful attention it pays to mentor/mentee pairings. I look forward to more readings!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout the years I have watched this organization develop and thrive, and I have personally met a few of the mentees. I went with a small group from GirlsWriteNow to a fundraising event in New Jersey about 2 years ago, and was really impressed by one of the mentees, a young woman named Rashri, who seems to have found her voice within the program and uses it with strength and confidence. I have gone to a number of workshops and always enjoy the enthusiasm and creativity displayed there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended the events where the wonderful high school girls get to read the work that they have produced with their mentors. The girls were terrific and the mentors, who are all professional writers volunteering their time are like proud family members. Kudos to an organization who recognizes that there is untapped talent in our NYC high school woman.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an impressive, important organization! I was moved to become a recurring donor after I learned of Girls Write Now and their mission of teaching life lessons through creative writing. Showing these girls stability, friendship, and allowing them the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of self is a priceless contribution that will have lasting impact on their lives. BRAVO GWN!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about girlswritenow from a friend. Interested in seeing what they do I attended my first reading over 1 year ago. Two memories particularly standout from that reading: 1) One of the girls reading a very personal story started to cry and have difficulty finishing reading. Spontaneously a couple of senior girls in the group (ones that had previously read that day) joined the struggling girl on the stage. They spoke quietly to hear while they had their supportive arms wrapped around her. With their support, the struggling reader was able to complete her piece. I felt this clearly symbolized what this organization was about...not only female mentorship from professional writers but creating a sense of family and support within a group from very ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. The organization had clearly fostered this in addition to developing up and coming professional writers. 2) There had been a discussion behind me about how amazing it was that every girl that had completed the program went on to college/advanced education. I found that impossible to believe given all the additional personal challenges that many of these girls encountered daily. But it was in fact true. These experiences along with the wonderfully creative and high quality work that the organization creates defines girlswritenow making it a model nonprofit. I've since remained involved and try to help such a wonderful organization anyway that I can.